2014 New Call for Positions
2014 URS Call for Positions
122 Volunteer Development Specialist
This position will be housed in the statewide Youth, Families, and Communities Program office.
Proposed Area of Coverage
The Volunteer Development Specialist is an applied social scientist focused on conducting research on emerging and contemporary issues affecting volunteerism and volunteer management, and provides academic leadership to all UC ANR volunteer programs. The specialist will be responsible for conducting, facilitating and disseminating research related to volunteerism and volunteer management to academics, staff and volunteers within ANR volunteer-based programs, including the 4-H Youth Development Program, Master Gardeners, and Master Food Preservers.
- Keith Nathaniel - Main Contact
- Volunteer Development Specialist (docx), uploaded 05/19/2014 by Keith Nathaniel
Fiscally, this position is critical as our volunteers contribute tremendous number of hours that is valuable. For example, in 2013, the Alameda and Contra-Costa 4-H Volunteers contributed 34,500 hours – assuming that the average CA 4-H volunteer puts in 75 hours per year (CA 4-H Report, August 2012). This yields a total of $908,730 in community support - assuming a $26.34/hr cost for volunteers (http://www.independentsector.org/, 2013).
Needless to say, without our volunteers, ANR's 4-H and Master Gardener programs would not exist or be much smaller. We really need to re-examine our views and focus on volunteers as target clienteles as well. As such, we need a specialist to lead and guide the way. As Fe commented, we need to consider recruitment and retention, but also loss of volunteer or why they leave, etc.